On Friday, April 20 it was announced that the Swedish Dj Avicii had passed away while in Muscat, Oman. His publicist Diana Baron released a statement saying that “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.”
There is no official cause of death, yet fans have known for years that he has struggled with health battle including having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. He had also previously suffered from acute pancreatitis, which reportedly was from excessive drinking.
These various health battles along with personal reasons led Tim Bergling to retire from live performances. At the age of 26, he retired from live touring and had posted an emotional letter to his website. In it, he discussed how a trip that he took with friends helped him “see and think about things in a new way.” He wished to step back from the life of a performer, but he was still passionate about music. He continued releasing music up until 2017, including hits like Lonely Together.
There has been a continuous outpouring of love and remembrance from both celebrities and fans. DJ Kygo dedicated the last song of his set to Avicii as he performed at Weekend 2 of Coachella. He told the audience that “Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration, and he was the reason I started making music” and that “I don’t think I would be on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him.”
DJ Kygo isn’t the only celebrity to voice the impact that Avicii had on him personally and on the electronic music scene. From Madonna to Calvin Harris, the music community is collectively sharing the loss of this great talent.
Not only did Avicii create award-winning music, but he was able to be a groundbreaker for many of the current EDM DJs. He will always be remembered for his talent and his passion for music.
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